University of the Philippines Los Baños

Sequenced genome of three mango species to improve ‘carabao’ mango

The genomes of three mango species – the Indian mango (Mangifera indica), the ‘pahutan’ (Mangifera altissima) and the ‘kwini’ or Saipan mango (Mangifera odorata) - were successfully sequenced in a project led by the University of the Philippines Los Baños.

Project Leader Dr. Eureka Teresa M. Ocampo of UPLB stated that the genome sequences will be used in developing molecular markers for the target traits of the ‘carabao’ mango, such as resistance to pests and diseases.

Funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic and Natural Resources Research and Development of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-PCAARRD), the project also reported the assembly of two of the three targeted genomes.



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